We’re PPRO.
Hello, ciao, 你好!

We’re PPRO (pronounced “p-pro”). We provide digital payments infrastructure to businesses and banks so they can scale all their services through one connection.

….are just some of the businesses that run on our digital payments infrastructure.

What is digital payment infrastructure?

Building payment platforms and services takes time and money. So why build?

Our infrastructure gives you access to everything you need to expand and optimise your payment services. And we mean everything.

Card schemes, payment methods, fraud screening tools, and other essential products – all accessible through one cloud-native tech stack, powered by next-gen orchestration.

So why build when you can plug in and start scaling?

Meet our leadership team

Committed to simplifying payments for partners and accelerating their growth.

Simon Black

Joined: 2015

Chief Executive Officer

Under Simon’s leadership, we’ve become the go-to local payments infrastructure for the industry. We’ve attracted investment from industry giants such as PayPal and acquired Latin American payments specialist allpago.

Before joining PPRO, he spent a decade at Sage Group, helping them become the UK’s biggest payment gateway for SMEs. He also led their creation of Sage One, the leading online accounting and payroll application.

In his early career, Simon founded a marketing software start-up and held senior strategy and consulting roles across the US and the UK.

He also supports Manchester United, but nobody’s perfect.

Rahul Raswant

Joined: 2022

Chief Financial Officer

Rahul oversees our finance and treasury activities, as well as our procurement, facility, and office services. Prior to joining us, he served as the European Head of Finance at Wayfair, developing the finance function for what is now a $1billion business.

His previous roles including Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank, and he began his career at McKinsey, where he worked for close to a decade, focusing on financial institutions.

A New Yorker who resides in London, Rahul has also lived and worked in India, Nigeria, Germany, Singapore, and Ireland.

Stefan Merz

Joined: 2018

Chief Strategy & Product Officer

Stefan leads the development and execution of our company strategy, guiding game-changing initiatives across multiple teams.

Before joining us in November 2018, Stefan held senior positions at Siemens and HP Enterprises in the US. He also served as Chief Strategy Officer for Diebold Nixdorf, where he managed acquisitions and divestitures.

Bernie Miles

Joined: 2021

Chief Technology Officer

Bernie is responsible for driving the development of our cross-border tech, overseeing our rapidly expanding teams in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Prior to becoming a PPROer, Bernie served as Wayfair’s Head of Engineering, a role that saw him wear three hats: CTO for Wayfair Europe, Engineering Site Lead for Europe, and Head of Global Payments and Fraud. During his multifaceted tenure, he notched up a number of achievements, including building Wayfair’s biggest tech hub outside of their Boston HQ and establishing the company’s fraud capability from scratch.

He previously held senior engineering and product positions at Klarna, Expedia, and British Airways in a product-centric career spanning over 20 years.

Oh, and he used to be a music producer, songwriter, and musician in a previous life. So we all know who’ll be first up at the leadership team’s karaoke night.

Motie Bring

Joined: 2023

Chief Commercial Officer

Motie joined PPRO in early 2023. Based in London, Motie is responsible for advancing the company’s commercial strategy, guiding the global business development teams and overseeing PPRO’s Sales and Marketing departments.

He has over 20 years of experience in payments, having held a number of senior executive positions with renowned companies in the industry. He spent seven years in senior management roles at WorldPay and most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at payments technology company Nuvei.

Motie is a well-known thought leader in the payments sector, regularly speaking at major conferences and frequently quoted in the media on payments, fintech and e-commerce trends.

Katherine Garrod

Joined: 2020

CISO & VP Digital Workplace

Katherine leads our technology risk team, driving everything from our broad strategy and detailed tactics to security posture and regulation.

She joined us after a 7-year spell as CISO at a global hedge fund with a proprietary trading and execution platform.

Between 2008-2014, she engineered a global, ultra-low latency financial market data network.

She has a passion for event-driven automation. And when she’s not keeping our infrastructure safe, you’ll find her exploring neuroscience, psychology, and social training. She also enjoys strength training and calisthenics.

Oliver Rajic

Joined: 2022

Chief Growth Officer & General Manager, APAC

Oliver joined our leadership team following PPRO’s acquisition of Alpha Fintech, which he co-founded and served as CEO.

Under Oliver’s leadership, Alpha’s acquiring-as-a-service platform accelerated the growth of Bank of New Zealand and Southeast Asian super app Grab, amongst others.

He now spearheads our new payment orchestration layer, which allows banks and businesses of all sizes to integrate payment, financial, and risk products from a single, plug-and-play interface.

A passionate believer in the democratisation of payments technology, he currently resides in Singapore.

Javier Vallaure

Joined: 2019

General Manager, EMEA

Javier leads our growth strategy across the EMEA region, with a particular focus on Europe. He began his journey at PPRO in 2019 as General Manager, LATAM, before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2022, where he was responsible for building global business operations.

Before joining PPRO, Javier was the co-founder and COO of Latin American payments specialist allpago. He was one of the driving forces behind the company’s expansion throughout Latin America before PPRO acquired them in June 2019.

Previously, Javier was an analyst for Morgan Stanley and worked across Mexico, France, and Spain for Grupo Lar. He holds a double diploma from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Reims Management School, as well as an MBA from ESMT.

Jean Mies

Joined: 2021

General Manager, Americas

Jean leads our office and strategy in North, Central, and South America.

He joined us from Adyen, where he worked as President for Latin America. During a ten-year spell, he grew the company’s regional presence from a one-person operation to a team of over a hundred. By the time he left, Adyen’s value had skyrocketed to $US70 billion.

Prior to Adyen, Jean held senior roles in technology (RealMedia, United Internet AG) and finance (Western Union) in Europe before moving back to Brazil, where he now lives.

Tony Glasby

Joined: 2021

Chief Risk Officer & SVP Finance and Banking

Tony is responsible for determining our future banking and payments requirements.

Before joining us, he served as Vice President and Group Treasurer at PayPal from 2015 to 2021. It’s a role that saw him oversee their treasury functions, covering everything from capital markets and foreign exchange to financial strategy.

His previous positions include Vice President and Group Treasurer at Ebay, as well as senior finance and business roles at HP Enterprise Services and Electronic Data Systems.

Tony is a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, a Chartered Management Accountant, and earned a BA Hons in Business from the University of Westminster, London.

In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, running, tennis, golf and bridge.

Shirley McLoughlin

Joined: 2022

VP Accounting & Tax

Shirley joined PPRO in 2022 and she is responsible for all things related to accounting and tax operations, profit/process improvement and financial reporting. She has a proven track record with statutory reporting and complex accounting standard changes.

She is a strategic thinker and financial leader and has held senior roles at Wayfair and Hollister Incorporated.

Sherief Hammad

Joined: 2023

SVP, Head of Strategic Finance

Sherief is SVP, Head of Strategic Finance and leads the FP&A, Business Partnering and Corporate Development functions.

Prior to joining PPRO, Sherief led the European Strategic Finance team at Wayfair. Earlier in his career, Sherief was an analyst and investment professional at Salomon Smith Barney and INVESTCORP in New York and London.

Sherief received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Management, graduating magna cum laude.

Claire Schueler

Joined: 2022

People Director

Claire leads our People team and is responsible for ensuring PPRO attracts, develops, engages and retains our talented employees across 11 global locations.

Prior to joining PPRO, Claire held a number of roles in the Talent team at Wayfair, most recently as Talent Strategy partner for the EU Tech organisation. She previously worked for Amazon Web Services, as well as the Financial Times where she partnered with senior leaders to drive their people strategy.

Claire has spent most of her adult life living and working in London and Berlin and calls both places home. She’s an avid podcast listener who is always looking for new recommendations.

Birgit Bucari-Kaiser

Joined: 2018

Legal Director

Birgit and her global team (EMEA, Americas, APAC) manage the financial and legal risk exposure for the PPRO Group. This includes Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activities and legal counsel for all regulatory and corporate governance topics. Birgit is also the Authorised Manager for our regulated entity in Luxembourg.

She is an experienced legal expert, with a PhD in Law (University of Vienna) and a Masters in European Law (LLM). Birgit joined us in 2018 and has over twenty years of experience across sectors having held senior positions in Starhome Mach, AIB and OMV.

Exercising in the gym, exploring the great outdoors or quality time with her three children is where you’ll find Birgit in her spare time.

Scott Pender

Joined: 2022

Senior VP Operations

Since the acquisition of Alpha Fintech back in March 2022, Scott has been Senior VP Operations at PPRO managing the company’s day-to-day functions related to operational procedures and trying to make those more efficient.

Scott is an experienced business leader. Before he joined Alpha Fintech in 2017, he has worked for companies such as the Australia Post, Centricom or PayPoint.net.

He is based in Melbourne, Australia.

550 people,
60 nationalities

We’re hiring people who like to build things

Want to use your talent to build something that makes a difference to businesses and consumers around the world? Then you’ll love working here.

11 offices,
from Singapore
to São Paulo
Asia Pacific
  • Melbourne

    Melbourne office

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  • Singapore

    Singapore office

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North and Latin America
  • Atlanta

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  • Córdoba

    Córdoba, Argentina office

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  • Mexico City

    Mexico City office

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  • São Paulo

    São Paulo office

    3 Vacancies